WVSU to host public forum on the Electoral College & National Popular Vote

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October 22, 2012

WVSU to host public forum on the Electoral College & National Popular Vote

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- The highly debated Electoral College process and the National Popular Vote bill will headline a public forum at West Virginia State University Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. in the McGhee Suites Banquet Room at the Wilson University Union.

These issues will be discussed and examined by: Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha; Del. Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha; Dr. Frank Vaughan, West Virginia State University; Dr. Marybeth Beller, Marshall University; Dr. Tera McCown, University of Charleston; and Dr. Arthur DeMatteo, Glenville State College. Dr. Gerald Beller, chairman of West Virginia State University’s Political Science Department, will moderate the event.

Panelists will debate the question, “Is the Electoral College process necessary or even needed with the real-time reporting of election results in the presidential race?”

“With the presidential election only a few weeks away, this discussion on the Electoral College process is an important issue of interest to all West Virginians,” said West Virginia State University President Brian O. Hemphill. “It is critical that our University students be well informed on the policy issues and the candidates that will affect their daily lives.”

 National Popular Vote legislation has been introduced in the West Virginia Legislature for the past few years and has been adopted in nine states, representing a total of 132 electoral votes.

Under this legislation, all of West Virginia’s electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The legislation would only take effect when identical legislation is enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes (270 electoral votes out of 538).  

Currently, West Virginia’s electors are not bound by state law to cast their vote for a specific candidate.

West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multiā€generational institution, located in Institute, WV. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.



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